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Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories

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What could make a smart woman ignore doctor's orders?
What could get a hardworking employee fired from her job?
What could get a black woman in hot water with her white boyfriend?
In a word...
HAIR.
When does a few ounces feel like a few tons? When a doctor advises a black woman to start an exercise program and she wonders how she can do it without breaking a sweat. W
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 2001)
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AA
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Essays, poems, photos, and narratives about experiences with Black hair. Would make a great gift for the beautician in your life.
Katrina
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely!

This collection of short stories brought back so many memories of getting my hair pressed, relaxed and combed by my mom and grandma. :)
J
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(FROM JACKET)tenderheaded
A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories

What could make a smart woman ignore doctor's orders?
What could get a hardworking employee fired from her job?
What could get a black woman in hot water with her white boyfriend?

In a word...HAIR.

When does a few ounces feel like a like a few tons? When a doctor advises a black woman to start an exercise program and she wonders how she can do it without breaking a sweat. When an employer fires her for wearing a cultural hairstyle tha
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Joi Reece
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.

HAIR is such a big deal to us. How it looks, what we allow the world to see vs. our private moments with our mane. It can make or break your day. So much pressure for a filamentous biomaterial that is technically dead...LOL

This book will conjure feelings fluctuating from pain to confusion to personal reminiscence to a cultural camaraderie. I was especially drawn to this book due to my personal feelings about hair. I loathe the idea of “good hair.” “Good hair" is hair
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Deborah Palmer
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book for a long time, since around 2002. Over the years I've read and re-read it many times, usually when I'm making my own hair journey or reflecting on past shared experiences that many if not all Black Women have gone through.

This book came out way before the Chris Rock movie, "Good Hair" but through the short stories it addresses many of the issues Black women have had with their hair over many generations. Since I have some time off, I've decided to read it again today, for m
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m_miriam
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: essay, memoir
Even though many of the pieces in this book are available from other sources, I'm really glad that I read it as a whole. My favorites essays were 'Severed' by Annabelle Baker, 'Dekar's Touch' by Pamela Johnson, and 'In the Kitchen' by Jewelle Gomez; additionally the accompanying artwork is beautiful. The genuine and loving voices in this book are not heard often in our world. This book offers support to black folk and education to those outside of the community and is a wonderful general referen ...more
Dr. E
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Loved this book. The narratives are diverse, yet still connected and relatable. I do think my e-book version was not formatted correctly so I'm sure if the hard copy book had visuals to accompany some of the text. I had to do some online research for images of the styles the narrators would reference. However, I'm not allowing it to impact my overall content rating of this literary keeper. 5 stars all the way!
Jean
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is true to its name and is a collection of material that explores hair. Strsight hair, kinky hair, good hair, bad hair, and all in-be-tween hair.
Juls36288
Nov 18, 2008 marked it as to-read
I saw this at the book fair. It's a compilation of literature excerpts from some authors I recognize, and others I don't, all having to do with her self image and hair.
Michelle Robinson
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A celebratio of black hair. I love the stories that I read in this book.
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